Tuesday, September 4, 2012

SWOPA at Columbia-Tusculum

Painted Ladies
9" x 12", Oil on Canvas Panel

Last Thursday SWOPA went down to the East side of Cincinnati, near where the city was founded. The Columbia area of the city, near Lunken Airport, was founded by Benjamin Stites in November 1788, predating Losantiville (later Cincinnati) by a month. Transportation has always been important in the area: a landing for flatboats, construction sites for many steamboats, route for steam trains and then Lunken, built on Turkey Bottoms and the first commercial airport for Cincinnati.

The pictured houses were built in the late 19th Century on Tusculum Street. Tusculum leads up the hill to Alms Park on the summit. Location of previous SWOPA plein air trips.

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